Under the subject of ,’ if we tell you this we may have to kill you!’ Fuso has revealed it has just sold defence contractor Raytheon three of its latest Shogun heavy duty models for specific but unmentionable activities. with the Australian Defence Force.
Fortunately for Fuso unlike some other suppliers of machinery for the Australian military, the contract for these trucks has been honoured and they were delivered, on time and within budget we understand and clearly without any nuclear power, then again these trucks don’t need to cruise below he surface of the world’s oceans.
But seriously, Raytheon Australia, which is a capability partner for the Australian Defence Force, recently purchased two rigid Shoguns as well as a third prime mover unit.
The trucks are now in service and were prepared by RGM Maintenance in Darwin ahead of them taking up their unspecified roles servicing the ADF .
We are not sure if the Shogun’s radar based Advanced Emergency Braking System, was an added attraction for Raytheon, or if they thought the name Shogun sounded more like a ‘weapon’ than a truck, but the big Fuso’s suite of safety systems including the radar AEB, which can even detect and brake for pedestrians, as well as its Lane Departure Warning System and the Active Attention Assist system, clearly helped convince them of the value of putting the Shoguns on fleet.
Fuso tells us that all three Shoguns selected feature the 11-litre six-cylinder Euro 6 engine with 455hp and 2200Nm of torque mated to a 12-speed AMT.
Raytheon Australia’s Shogun rigid models have been fitted with custom trays fabricated by Darwin-based Roll Press NT and custom under body tool-boxes fabricated by Darwin Sheet Metal.
The Raytheon Shoguns had to be photographed against a contrasting background to ensure that they could be seen with their very camouflage like paint work, which was completed by Darwin based Boscato Panel Works, while electrical and lighting installation work was carried out by Darwin-based Prestige Automotive.
According to Fuso’s release on. the new trucks, Raytheon Australia has been a leading contractor to the ADF for more than two decades successfully delivered a range of diverse programs, surpassing more than 10 million hours of complex combat system design and integration on some of the nation’s largest defence programs.
Raytheon Australia’s team of 1500 employees includes more than 700 engineers and technicians, program managers, integrated logistics support, sustainment and training experts, technical governance specialists and corporate professionals.
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